Stitch Movie Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
Blu-ray released by Passion River
Directed by Ajai
Written by Ajai and Maurice Jovan Billington
2014, 94 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray released on February 11th, 2014
Edward Furlong as Marsden
Shawna Waldron as Serafina
Laurence Mason as Pirino
Shirly Brener as Colline
Tiffany Martin as Lilly
The entire time that I watched this movie, after reading a fairly equal amount of good and bad reviews, I was baffled on how it wasn't uniformly agreed upon that this movie is not worth watching. I kept asking myself, "Am I just not getting it? Is it actually really artistic?", and after some time to let it percolate, I decided to go with my gut feeling and say no. This film is confusing, it is really poorly executed, it is not in the least bit enjoyable and it just made me feel sadder about Edward Furlong's career.
Furlong and Shawna Waldron play a grieving couple who have lost their young daughter, Lilly. In an attempt to heal their wounds, they decide to go to the desert with their friends, Pirino and Colline, to perform a healing ritual. They arrive at a house in the middle of nowhere that they have rented for the event, and meet a mysterious woman who is presumably the owner. She is upset at their lateness and then scurries away immediately after telling Furlong with a knowing smirk (and grand ol' horror movie cliché) that she never sets foot in the house that they will be staying in. After they settle themselves into the creepy mansion, they perform the ritual, which bears no likeness to anything that could be healing and pretty obviously is going to summon some demon or another. The couples then experience a loss of memory, and this is one of the several moments where the poor writing comes to the forefront; "It's not just her [Lilly] memory, I can't remember how or why we came here." This prompted me to yell at my screen, "Then how do you remember that you had a memory of her to forget?" Fortunately, but not effectively, this memory loss theme is pretty much immediately forgotten as the movie moves forward. After some time, the two couples begin to experience supernatural attacks that leave their bodies stitched and bloodied, and as the film progresses, they fall deeper and deeper into a chaotic hell.
I cannot recommend this film to anyone because there is so little to enjoy. It has an extremely weak and ambitious script that tries to weave in symbolism for mental illness and speculation on what is reality, but it throws so much into the mix that everything seems like an afterthought; as though the writer sought out to make a deep movie but forgot to include anything substantial, so he just stapled some existentialism into the last few pages of the script. Stitch also has the most stunningly cheap computer graphics and special effects that I have ever seen in a full-length feature. Everything appears like it's in a creepy multi-media universe, almost like a live action Courage the Cowardly Dog episode, which was what prompted me to wonder if it was an artistic choice, but eventually it just cheapens the film more so than it already is. Apart from the bad script and high school level CGI, the acting is relatively capable, but there is a likelihood that I was distracted by how bad everything else is. The film did manage to make me squirm in some scenes and jump in a few others, but overall, instead of the fun, adrenaline-pumping experience that a horror movie generally is, I finished this one just feeling sick to my stomach.